Indesign CS5 text manipulation issue

Hi there,

I’m struggling with a very basic issue and can’t seem to work it out.

In Indesign CS5 a word-file is imported in a labeled frame “artikel”.
In this text certain blocks of text are marked with a beginning and ending marker (e.g. [WI] at the start and [\WI] at the end of the text).
This text need to be extracted from frame “artikel” and placed in a different frame.

Problem 1: how do I address the whole imported textstream so I can search for the marked blocks.
So far I only get empty values back. It is clear to me that somehow I’m making a very elementary error.

Problem 2: how do I remove the found block from the main stream.

As you already noticed I’m just a struggling apprentice in this field.

I hope someone can give me some hints so I can proceed my quest.

TIA Erwin

tell application "Adobe InDesign CS5"
	set user interaction level of script preferences to never interact
	set myDocument to open templatePath
	set myPage to page 1 of myDocument
	set myTextFrame to text frame 1 of myPage whose label is "artikel"
	tell insertion point -1 of myTextFrame
		place importFile without showing options
	end tell
	--set the cursor at start ...
	select insertion point 1 of myTextFrame
	set myText to (text 1 of myTextFrame) as string
	set kaderText to ""
	set vergaar to false
	set myText2 to (every paragraph of parent story of myTextFrame)
	repeat with i from 1 to (count of items in myText2)
		set myParagraph to (characters 1 thru -2 of (item i of myText2)) as text
		display dialog myParagraph  -- for debugging
		if myParagraph is "[\\WI]" then
			exit repeat
		end if
		if vergaar then
			set kaderText to kaderText & return & myParagraph
		end if
		if myParagraph is "[WI]" then
			set vergaar to true
		end if
	end repeat
	display dialog kaderText
end tell

Hi, Erwin. Since you seem to be a beginning scripter, I encourage you to download Adobe’s InDesign Scripting Guide for your version, which is a helpful reference for syntax and commands; the “textstream” you reference in your question is InDesign’s “story” object. You’re targeting a container, so you want text frame “artikel”'s parent story’s text.

edit: I don’t typically use CS5, which no longer directly addresses labeled frame names, so, specific to later versions: (text frame 1 whose label is “artikel”)'s parent story’s text.